April 2, 2018 Subject:
Good show, with some excellent highlights.
March 26, 2016 Subject:
My first show!
This was the first GD show I ever went to. I was 15. Wow!
March 13, 2015 Subject:
a good one
A few of these pre-Keith five piece performances from 1971 rank among my least favorite pre-'75 shows in the canon. They're just ... boring or kinda half-baked, with the band seemingly not sure whether they are missing something or where to find it.
But this ain't one of those.
Ladies and gentleman, meet Bill Kreutzmann.
Be sure to at least check out the short white-hot Lovelight to hear some magnificent drumming and stick around for Sam Cutler admonishing the venue promoter for daring to suggest that the band was "tired."
March 8, 2015 Subject:
This show is possibly the best all-around of April 71 outside of the Fillmore East run. Set 2 in particular is worthy of high praise.
The Other One is fantastic, with lots of great interplay and intensity, some of the best Other One jamming of the pre-Keith 71 era.
The end of the set is remarkable as well, with great playing in NFA and a perfect segue from GDTRFB to Lovelight. This Lovelight, much like the Other One prior to it, contains some epic and cohesive interplay between the guitarists, and truly one of a kind thematic jamming. Though short, it is likely one of the best Lovelights ever performed. Quite an exclamation point to end this wonderful show on!
January 25, 2015 Subject:
My First Concert
My first live concert ever!!!And it rocked!! Made me a dead head forever
June 13, 2013 Subject:
Better playing than ever with lots of new songs in '71, if not as nice and spacey as '70+'72.
Pittsburgh is no exception. Phil is in high gear.
January 3, 2011 Subject:
Like a lightning bolt
This show is one of the greatest of that raunchy, harsh electric 1971 style. It is a more "ordinary-rock-band" sound but the Dead rocked it and threw in their own weird jams. Pigpen is great on this one.
October 16, 2009 Subject:
It's a shame about the cuts...
But this is certainly a gem of a show.
It crackles with energy and the Charlie Miller sound is dynamite!
This live wire performance would get five stars if it wasnt for the cuts, which seem to occur the most inopportune times. Still, its closer to five than four. Dont miss the tragically cut Other One! (97 pts)
Folks often speak of a bands "body of work". I offer neither a rating for this recording, nor apology for this metaphor, but this feels like marrow to me. Can't help but love '71!!!!
April 25, 2009 Subject:
my first show!
wow..always thought this show didn't exist on tape..for a long time no setlists available...i really don't remember any particular song in the show..I do remember thinking that the New Riders were the GD because I knew what Jerry looked like and saw him come out with NRPS...what a great year for the band
Reviewer:Evan S. Hunt
April 13, 2009 Subject:
in the ruff!
a brilliant show!
let the carbon congeal
April 12, 2009 Subject:
The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" April 12, 1971 at the Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A.
Thirty eight years ago today the GRATEFUL DEAD performed at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh. Where were you?
5 Stars for the mix, recording, performance and transfer.
A Charlie Miller "Masterpiece". I suggest you click on Charlie Miller's name and collect all his GRATEFUL DEAD shows.
I highly recommend adding this show to your 1971 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry, and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1971.
PS: I highly recommend getting every April 71 show there is on the IA. The best shows the GRATEFUL DEAD ever did were in April of 71 at the Fillmore East, and West and they are hard to find too.
January 20, 2008 Subject:
A good, strong, rockin' show, but nothing special. Maybe it was the curfew (they got it extended to 11:45). Or maybe it was just typical for that year, i.e., a 10 minute Other One, just the radio version of Playin', etc. There is some good, tight playing here (except for Wharf Rat, which comes off as a work in progress), especially by Bob, who had tightened up his rhythm guitar to the point where he was driving songs like Hard to Handle and Johnny B. Goode to new heights. Hard to Handle reached its peak that year - too bad this one cuts off just as it's hitting stride. The taper must have just started up the tape and let it roll. There are other recording issues, particularly in Cold R&S. The strongest playing of the show, IMO, is on NFA>GDTRFB, another sequence that may have hit its peak in 71.
Bottom line is this is an average show from somewhat of a down year, the valley between the peaks of 68-69 and 72-74. Recording glitches bring down otherwise excellent sound.
December 12, 2007 Subject:
I would love to give this a five but there is a few jumpy spots on the recording, VERY CRISP sounding, I would definitely recommend checkin this show out. Starts out a little shaky but picks up after a bit and ends up really rockin!!!!
May 17, 2007 Subject:
Great clean sound...yet were the tapers that high?
How come the tapers never missed the 2 to 5 minutes of tuning up between songs, only to have the tape die in the middle of H2H and Me and Bobbie McGee? This sound is so clear it's like I'm sitting on stage- Right next to Phil, you can hear and feel his every note, mild to bomb! Point off for the song cuts.
that's what I love about this sorta recording, you CAN'T hear the audience....make your own noise!
August 18, 2006 Subject:
Excellent show and recording
I just heard this show on WBAI last night (Feb.18) The sound of the recording is fabulous as well as are the performances. Extremely clear SBD with vocals + instruments up close making for almost definitive versions of these songs. Only drawback is that the audience is barely audible. On 3/24 Winterland, audience is heard going nuts, but recording of the band is not as good as this one. Hard to find a happy medium. This one IS fantastic.
April 24, 2006 Subject:
Is this the correct date for this show? the playlist says 02-19-71 and deadlists does not list a show for 04-12-71. i can't find the exact setlist as it is listed here either. there are several cuts as in Hard to Handle as well, but the sound quality sounds pretty consistent. otherwise a great performance and the quality is excellent.
April 21, 2006 Subject:
nice performance not real long as most of the shows from this spring seem to be but a solid performance the dead came out ready to kill in 71 after a shakier year before pig pen is the star of this one